Antwerp - Place Head Here

Intimidating radiation machine found in the abandoned military hospital, Antwerp, Belgium.


Taken during my very first urbex experience - my cherry - into Antwerp's abandoned military hospital during my big "Things Fall Apart" tour of Western Europe in 2005 (after 4 years I have still not been able to find out the actual name of this hospital - driving me crazy). I got locked inside this place twice, if you can believe it. The first time in the evening as a storm was approaching, and I ended up having to wait inside an orthodox Hebrew primary school with two Polish cleaning ladies who told me (it turned out otherwise, thank god) that they (and I) were locked inside the school until 8 in the morning. The second time was the time this pic was taken. A wing of this hospital is still active, used for caring for WWII war vets, and the gate for the abandoned part is inside the gate for the active part. I just walked in both gates early in the morning of Belgium's national holiday, and returned to the inner gate a half hour later to check on it and found it closed and locked. Eventually I found a building that bordered on the parking lot of the active wing, and found the one window that wasn't barred and was openable. One of my proudest moments in life was not just bolting at that point. I turned around, went back into the depths of the complex, and finished my photos for another couple of hours. Then I bolted. :-)

  • craigfinlay 6y

    I keep finding things like this in hospitals i explore, and it makes me sad. I recall, when I was in Romania, a doctor telling me that at the time they had one CAT scan machine in the whole country. That's just an example. I'm there are hospitals in a dozen underdeveloped countries who would have loved to get their hands on this thing.
  • Londonstudios 6y

    Great find!!
  • Mexico75 6y

  • Mexico75 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Trespass UK, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  • Sirber 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Trashitude, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • ImageMD 6y

    Nice image... It looks like a portable diagnostic Xray machine, the kind used in the emergency room and surgery.
  • Donald Sierens 6y

    wow , i was there , march 1 but didn't find this RX machine
  • Dennis 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Benelux Urban Exploring, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Really cool find. Absolutly an object I would like to visit someday.
  • Justus Hayes 6y

    craigfinlay - I hear what you're saying, but this thing was pretty archaic. I can only imagine, though, that the bar is set pretty low in such undeveloped countries.

    Graham/photo - Thanks. :-)

    Mexico75 - Cheers, and done.

    Sirber - Done.

    ImageMD - It's something like that. There is a radiation symbol sticker on one of the head pieces.

    Donaldduck1 - Just had a look at that set, some nice ones in there. Which are from the hospital?

    dutchmetal - Done, and I've joined your group. I would imagine that the complex would be even better to visit now that HISK (the art school) has vacated the grounds.
  • Bator Horvath 6y

    Amazing find, and an entertaining story! You're lucky to have an abandoned hospital in such good condition.

    Seen in the group"Urbex (only pictures of (or in) buildings in decay!)" (?)
  • Justus Hayes 6y

    Bator - Thanks on both counts. You're right, I was quite lucky to have gained entry to this place, especially since it seems to no longer exist.
  • [AndreasS] 5y

    Fantastic find! Love abandoned hospitals.
  • Justus Hayes 5y

    Thanks. One of my faves, too.
  • vrjska 2y

    new housing units are now being constructed there. new residents are already residing also. please visit again and see how different it is now... the project is called het groen kwartier
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